Troop 325 Celebrates with Scoutmaster Gary Buck

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Gary Buck with some of the Eagle Scouts from Troop 325
Photo by Adam Buchanen.  (double click to enlarge)

By Suzanne Gugger

After 20 years of service, over 30 scouts reaching Eagle Scout status, and guiding hundreds of boys who participated in the troop over the years, Gary Buck has retired from the role of Troop 325 Scoutmaster. 
Phil Smart, Gary Buck.
Photo by Adam Buchanen
At the well-attended BBQ, Master of Ceremonies, Phil Smart described Gary Buck as caring leader, skilled outdoorsman, and "all-round good guy". 

Gary attended 20 summer camps and two National Scouting Jamborees, supervised hundreds of outdoor trips, is a member of the BSA Order of the Arrow, and has received countless scouting awards. When Gary wasn't teaching scout skills to energetic young men, he was schooling adults in cribbage and backgammon. Numerous parents and scouts recalled fond adventures with Gary and thanked him for his dedication and service to the troop.

Retiring Scoutmaster Gary Buck
Photo by Adam Buchanan
Gary will continue to serve the troop as Assistant Scoutmaster and Eagle Scout Advisor, with a new focus on guiding boys to complete their individual advancement goals and ultimately reach the pinnacle rank in scouting, Eagle Scout. Gary liked to remind boys that only 1% of boys in scouting reach the rank of Eagle and that he wanted to help them all strive to be reach their full potential, be a good citizen, and most of all have fun with their fellow scouting friends.

Bob Plaag will be taking over Scoutmaster duties for Troop 325 for the next year as the troop committee works through the process to identify a new Scoutmaster. Troop 325 is a boy-led troop with boys participating from age 11-18 years. The troop meets Monday evenings at First Lutheran of Richmond Beach church. 

For information about the troop, please call Suzanne at 206-533-6439.


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